More-than-human stories: Experimental co-productions in outdoor environmental education pedagogy

Mr Scott Jukes1, Miss Ya Reeves
1La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia


This presentation draws upon experimentation with teaching and learning on a ski-touring journey in the Australian Alps. Our discussion builds upon place-responsive pedagogies in outdoor environmental education with insight from new materialist and posthuman theory. The presentation focusses on exploring the educational potential of considering the materiality of the places we educate in and how we might cultivate co-created stories. We offer the idea of more-than-human stories as a pedagogical strategy that may challenge human-centred approaches to teaching and learning.

An example of these ideas in practice is offered, where Ya, an undergraduate student, presents her more-than-human story – One Single Moment – a picture-story book created on the ski-touring journey. Following her picture-story book, she will discuss various pedagogical influences that led to the creation of One Single Moment. Our aim through this presentation is to offer pedagogical insight into using new materialist theories in creative and productive ways, from the perspectives of educator and student.

Scott Jukes is a PhD candidate and works as a sessional lecturer at La Trobe University, teaching in alpine and river environments. He is interested in how students engage with the more-than-human world and creating affirmative educational experiences. Scott’s research focusses on outdoor environmental education pedagogies, posthuman methodologies and new materialist thinking.

Ya Reeves grew up in remote coastal and alpine environments in Australia. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education, is about to undertake an Honours project and works as an outdoor educator and guide. Ya carries a passion for creativity, humour, and mountain places into all aspects of her work, study, and life.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

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The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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